An African Kayak Safari with Crocs and Hippos

The St. Lucia estuary is filled with some of Africa’s most dangerous animals. Paddling kayaks through it on safari is probably one of the craziest things I’ve ever done.
~ Expert Vagabond

Nestled along the Zululand Coast in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province is an area of natural beauty known as the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. A ecosystem that consists of wetlands, forests, grasslands, lakes, mangrove covered islands, diverse wildlife and waterways that are patrolled by over 1,200 Nile crocodiles as well as over 800 hippos.  Oh yes, and also Bull Sharks (without laser beams on their heads).  Exploring this World Heritage Site’s Lake St. Lucia by kayak would make game viewing quite exciting, if not potentially a bit dangerous.

Here’s an entertaining tale of a kayak trip in this area by the Expert Vagabonder:

I’ve done a lot of kayaking over the years, in both lakes & whitewater rivers. But I’ve never kayaked alongside wild animals that could easily kill me if they wanted to.

This was going to be a completely new experience!

Before we began the adventure, our guide from St. Lucia Kayak Safaris warned us not to get too close to the animals. They are unpredictable, after all.

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